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I just dropped off my car to have the rear wheel sensors replaced. I have been asking BMW to check for any scraped wires leading to the wheel sensor/abs/dsc control units since the beginning. They do not want to go this route and instead have opted to replace my DSC Control Module and now the Rear Wheel Sensors. I'm hoping, since this is my fourth time back for this problem, that everything will be fixed.

I know about the lemon law and I really don't want to invoke it. I think, if after this repair, the problem persists, then I will be asking my lawyer at work to draft a nice terse letter to BMW asking for immediate resolution.

Let's hope they get it right this time around. :eek:

I'll let you guys know the status tomorrow night when I pick up the car.

Loaner is a 2001 325i auto.

For those of you that do not remember the original problem, here are my last threads:

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Talked with the service manager yesterday. They installed new wheel sensors and they said the ABS lights are STILL coming on . . . big surprise. At least they found this out while the car was still at the dealership. So I again told them I thought that it was a bare wire and they finally conceded and said that's what they thought. So on Friday they are going to look for the bad wire and replace it.

I'll post again on Friday.
 

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Good luck!
 

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Ackster said:
Talked with the service manager yesterday. They installed new wheel sensors and they said the ABS lights are STILL coming on . . . big surprise. At least they found this out while the car was still at the dealership. So I again told them I thought that it was a bare wire and they finally conceded and said that's what they thought. So on Friday they are going to look for the bad wire and replace it.

I'll post again on Friday.
Look on the bright side - in this heat, at least the problem is not the A/C! :D
 

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Look on the bright side - in this heat, at least the problem is not the A/C! :D
This is a good thing! :)

I'll be happy once this thing is fixed. It's been like this since the second week that I owed the car. I can't wait for the day where I can drive the car and not have to worry about the ABS/DSC going off and screwing up. After this, the car will be perfect again. :thumbup:
 

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Zaphod said:


Look on the bright side - in this heat, at least the problem is not the A/C! :D
I honestly don't mean to hijack here, but the a/c in my house quit again Wednesday night. We've had issues with an unfindable leak all summer. The HVAC place comes out and fills it up with whatever refridgerent they use these days (for free because they know that there's a leak, but they can't find it). Wife called and said that they found the leak this morning...estimate is $1,100 or so to fix. She's on the phone with the home warranty company now...the ones that dragged their feet halfway through the winter about getting our heater fixed. Ugh.
 

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Light, to say the least. The car doesn't have SP so it's handling isn't as crisp. The light steering doens't help the feel either. I miss my car. :bawling: The car doesn't have lumbar support either and the auto is killing me. I keep using my left foot and not finding the third pedal.
Just make sure you don't hit the brake. Yup, did that once in a previous car.

:yikes: doesn't even begin to describe it.
 

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I stopped by the dealership to find out the status of the car. They can't figure it out. They've been load testing the wires all day and haven't found anything yet. :( They need to keep my car at least until Monday. If they can't find out what's wrong then, I will have to wait 1-2 weeks to bring the car in. This is when the tech specialist is in-town.

I asked them if they could just replace the wiring, but they said they can't just go replacing things without knowing exactly what's wrong with the car. This is funny since they've replaced two other things so far and that didn't work.

Update again on Monday. . .:cry:
 

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Do keep us posted

Ackster, noticed that your ride has a good lookin' sound system. Just make sure you haven't cut into any of the factory wiring.

Knowing what the factory guys are instructed to do, don't be surprised if they come back stating that the sound system is causing the electrical problems with the brakes.

If the BMW boys are like other service industry folks, the dealership is reviewed based on parts used per serial number.
That's probably the reason why they told you they couldn't go out and replace a bunch of parts.

I would suggest that you be there when the "factory" guy comes around to diagnose the problem.

Good luck and thanks for sharing.
 

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Ackster, noticed that your ride has a good lookin' sound system. Just make sure you haven't cut into any of the factory wiring.

Knowing what the factory guys are instructed to do, don't be surprised if they come back stating that the sound system is causing the electrical problems with the brakes.
Others have brought this up. The good news is that these problems started prior to the system being installed. The first time I brought the car in for this problem was only one week into owning the car.

Just to make sure, I spoke with the installer about whether they tapped/cut into any of the existing wiring harnesses. They told me that they ran their own wiring for everything. The only thing they had to tap into was the battery. The shops owner has bought three cars through my dealership and he had custom installs in every one of them. He told me that they never gave him a hard time with anything.

Truth is, the dealership has been really cool about the install. They have never brought it up when it came to this problem.
 

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Update - Monday July 8th

My dealership just called to give me the status on the car.

They said that they were waiting for a call from BMW to tell them what to do next. They said there is a communication error between the DSC Control Module and the Wheel Sensors. They finished load testing the wires and they couldn't find any problems. I asked if the wires were dry, could the load test be positive (since no grounding is occuring). They just said that since the car is dry and the car is still acting up, the load test should be correct. I still don't really understand this diagnostic. Hopefully the BMW techs will be able to help out the dealership to get this problem resolved.

The car will be staying in the shop at least one more day. Almost a full week now without my car. I'm getting depressed. :(
 

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You may have posted this somewhere else, but why the "name" change?

By the way, I am really sorry to hear about your problems with this. I sincerely hope it gets resolved to 100% Satisfaction.
 

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GSR13 said:
You may have posted this somewhere else, but why the "name" change?

By the way, I am really sorry to hear about your problems with this. I sincerely hope it gets resolved to 100% Satisfaction.
Thanks for the support. :thumbup:

About the name change, my friends out here have always known me as Ack, but lots of times that name is taken on websites, etc. I got into a habit of using Ackster but it started wearing on me. :dunno: Truth is, some of my friends call me Ack-Ack, Ack-Attack, Ackman . . .
 
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